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Assignment Questions

Response to Utopian Essay Questions

Answer 31 questions in question answer format based on attached documents

(APA Referencing where needed)

Please note the required books are attached where possible.

Using the following :
1. Alexander Jeffrey (2006), Integration Between Solidarity and Difference, The Civil Sphere, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 395-406.
2. Alexander Jeffrey (2006), Encounters with the Other, The Civil Sphere, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 409-424.

200 words answering:
1. What is meant by radical multiculturalism? What is the problem with it, according to Alexander?
2. What is the problem with the conservative understanding of multiculturalism?
3. What does Alexander mean when he says that the existence of the civil sphere is not a zero-sum, all-or-nothing game (Alexander 2006a: 402)?
4. How does Alexander understand the civil sphere? Is it different to the public sphere?
5. What does Alexander mean by the plasticity of common identity (Alexander 2006b:409)?
6. What does Alexander mean by incorporation and how does it connect with his take on assimilation?
7. What are ingroups and outgroups?
8. Who is Alexander addressing and what does he want them to do?

And 200 words answering
1. Summarise what the writer is saying ( in both texts – Integration Between Solidarity and Difference and Encounters with the Other).
2. How does what is being said relate to with the public sphere?
3. Give an example of how the writing relates to the public sphere

Using Habermas, Jürgen (1989), Social Structures of the Public Sphere, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, Cambridge Mass., The MIT Press, 27-56.

200 words answering
1. In this chapter, Habermas is describing a number of differentiations which arose in the eighteenth century and which allowed the bourgeois public sphere to develop. What were some of these and why did they occur, according to Habermas? What were the common factors in the developing public spheres in England, France and Germany?
2. What was so special about the patriarchal conjugal family?
3. What made the bourgeois public sphere authentic, according to Habermas?
4. What was the connection between the literary sphere, the patriarchal conjugal family and the public sphere in the political realm?
5. What happened to the bourgeois public sphere?
6. What is the essential quality of the bourgeois public sphere that Habermas wants us to remember and perhaps recreate?
7. Why do you think that Habermas sees the transformed function of the public sphere as a threat to the ideals of democracy, and how might it manifest?
8. Is it significant that this ideal originated as a bourgeois public sphere?

And 200 words answering
1. Summarise what the writer is saying (in Social Structures of the Public Sphere)
2. How does what is being said relate to with the public sphere?
3. Give an example of how the writing relates to the public sphere

Using Habermas, Jurgen (1989), The New Obscurity: The Crisis of the Welfare State and the Exhaustion of Utopian Energies, The New Conservatism: Cultural Criticism and the Historian’s Debate, Cambridge, Mass., The MIT Press.

Answer in 200 words these questions
1. What is a Zeitgeist? What does Habermas think is the Zeitgeist of the modern age?
2. What is different about the way we think about time in Modernity?
3. Habermas breaks this article into five sections. What is the point he is making in each section? Are there paragraphs which defy understanding?
4. What does Habermas say are the three reactions to the failure of utopian thinking, and what are their flaws? What do they have to do with the Welfare State?
5. What is the main point of Habermas entire argument here?
6. How will Habermas way of utopian thinking avoid the mistakes that other forms of utopian thinking have made?

And 200 words answering
1. Summarise what the writer is saying (in The New Obscurity)
2. How does what is being said relate to with the public sphere?
3. Give an example of how the writing relates to the public sphere.

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